Delivering fiber-like speed with 5G FWA
Omantel was the first telecom services provider in the Sultanate to introduce a 5G network. In light of the low speed of xDSL compared to 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and the high maintenance cost of the copper network, the company decided to explore the potential of using 5G FWA to provide reliable speed in areas in the Sultanate that do not have access to fiber connections.
- Growing desire for higher internet speed
- Fiber installation is a time-consuming process
- Need for faster geographical expansion
Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) uses radio links between two fixed points to deliver ultra-high-speed broadband to homes and businesses in suburban and rural areas where fiber has not yet been laid.
"5G FWA has enabled us to provide high speed broadband to a wider spectrum of the Sultanate's population, enabling us to maximize the positive impact on the local communities as it opened new horizons for better education, enhanced access to knowledge, healthcare and safety as well as entertainment services."
- Aladdin Abdullah Bait Fadhil, Chief Commercial Officer at Omantel
- 400 percent growth in 5G FWA connections
- 5G represented 92 percent of all Omantel's FWA connections three years after launch
- Market share of wireless home broadband (HBB) grew from 12 at the launch to 37 percent in 2021